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Day 4: Rouen (3)
On our way to Rouen Cathedral, we passed a triangular masonry structure in the corner between two buildings. Our guide told us that the old structure was meant to discourage public urination by making it more difficult for men to make pipi in the corner. (We didn't sample the rivulets at the base of the masonry to see if the barrier was working.)
Affairs of the bladder gave away to loftier thoughts when our group arrived at Rouen Cathedral, which is said to have the tallest church spire in France.
The interior of the cathedral was dramatic and impressive,
with a high vaulted ceiling, lovely stained-glass windows, and a gallery of
stone carvings that represented Catholic saints (including Moses, shown here
with the Ten Commandments.)
We were pleased to see the cathedral's magnificent organ, which we'd heard on recordings.
Richard the Lionheart's tomb was more imposing than its
contents. (Only the king's heart was buried in Rouen Cathedral; his body and
bowels were interred elsewhere in France.)
Not far from the cathedral, a sign identified a competitor: Rouen's outpost of the église de Jésus-Christ des Saints des Derniers Jours, a.k.a. the LDS or Mormon Church.
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